December 11, 2008

Rivals.com 2008 All-Big East Team

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ALL-BIG EAST FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
Particulars: 6-1/192, Sr.
High school: Daphne (Ala.) High
Key stats: His rushing numbers weren't what they had been (a career-low 919 yards), but White was a true leader for an offense in transition. He set career-highs in touchdown passes (18), completions (154) and pass attempts (242).
Particulars: 5-11/210, Soph.
High school: Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt
Key stats: The Big East's most dynamic running back rushed for 1,403 yards - good for 10th in the nation - and 21 touchdowns.
Particulars: 5-10/208, Jr.
High school: Atlantic Highlands (N.J.) Red Bank Catholic
Key stats: This unheralded back led the nation in rushing with 1,822 yards to go with 17 touchdowns.
Particulars: 6-4/215, Jr.
High school: Bayonne (N.J.) High
Key stats: He was second in the nation in receiving yards per game (113.8) and fifth in the nation with 1,252 total receiving yards (on 81 catches). Britt scored seven touchdowns in his final five games.
Particulars: 6-1/190, Sr.
High school: Bunnell (Fla.) Flagler Palm Coast
Key stats: He was second in the Big East with 1,118 receiving yards and third with 74 catches. He also had 10 touchdown receptions.
WR Dominick Goodman, Cincinnati
Particulars: 6-1/210, Sr.
High school: Cincinnati Colerain
Key stats: He formed a dangerous combination with Gilyard. Goodman caught 78 passes for 977 yards and seven touchdowns.
T Ryan Stanchek, West Virginia
Particulars: 6-4/303, Sr.
High school: Cincinnati LaSalle
Key stats: He has started 46 consecutive games, and the Mountaineers led the Big East in rushing for the third consecutive season.
T William Beatty, Connecticut
Particulars: 6-6/300, Sr.
High school: York (Pa.) William Penn
Key stats: The veteran tackle got a workout as a run blocker this season, and Connecticut also led the Big East in fewest sacks allowed.
G Moe Petrus, Connecticut
Particulars: 6-2/283, R-Fr.
High school: St. Laurent (Quebec) Vanier Prep
Key stats: The physical newcomer helped pave the way for Brown's breakout season.
G C.J. Davis, Pittsburgh
Particulars: 6-3/310, Sr.
High school: Imperial (Pa.) West Allegheny
Key stats: He was one of McCoy's top blockers, and moved to center in the seventh game after a season-ending injury to Robb Houser. Davis has made 42 consecutive starts.
Particulars: 6-4/309, Sr.
High school: Cincinnati Elder
Key stats: He started 49 consecutive games in his career. This season, Wood paved the way for Louisville's running back-by-committee approach.
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE
E Connor Barwin, Cincinnati
Particulars: 6-4/255, Sr.
High school: Detroit University of Detroit Jesuit
Key stats: The converted tight end led the conference in sacks (11) and recorded three blocked kicks and a touchdown catch.
E Cody Brown, Connecticut
Particulars: 6-3/246, Sr.
High school: Coral Springs (Fla.) High
Key stats: He had a monster season for the Huskies with nine sacks, 14 tackles for loss, eight pass breakups, four forced fumbles and a blocked kick.
Particulars: 6-4/291, Jr.
High school: Endicott (N.Y.) Union Endicott
Key stats: He put up ridiculous numbers for a tackle. Jones led Big East linemen with 60 tackles overall and also had 13 tackles for loss. He had 15 tackles in the win over Notre Dame.
T Terrill Byrd, Cincinnati
Particulars: 6-1/290, Sr.
High school: Cincinnati Colerain
Key stats: His numbers weren't up to last season's standards, but he set the defensive tone for the league champions. He has 40 tackles, six tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries.
LB Scott McKillop, Pittsburgh
Particulars: 6-2/240, Sr.
High school: Export (Pa.) Kiski Area
Key stats: The tackle machine was second the nation in solo stops (78) and led the Big East in tackles for loss (16.5).
LB Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida
Particulars: 6-2/235, Sr.
High school: Tampa Riverview
Key stats: The rock of the USF defense was second in the Big East with 105 tackles. McKenzie recorded 14 tackles for loss.
LB Mortty Ivy, West Virginia
Particulars: 6-2/236, Sr.
High school: Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
Key stats: Ivy picked up the slack in the absence of injured star linebacker Reed Williams, recording 86 tackles and three interceptions.
CB Mike Mickens, Cincinnati
Particulars: 6-0/190, Sr.
High school: Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne
Key stats: Mickens missed the final two games of the regular season, but he still intercepted four passes and broke up nine more.
CB Darius Butler, Connecticut
Particulars: 5-11/181, Sr.
High school: Coral Springs (Fla.) Charter
Key stats: Before a season-ending injury, Butler played defense, offense and special teams. He recorded 37 tackles and four pass breakups in nine games as Connecticut led the Big East in pass efficiency defense.
SS Quinton Andrews, West Virginia
Particulars: 5-11/206, Jr.
High school: Miami Monsignor Pace
Key stats: Andrews helped lead a unit that ranked 14th in passing efficiency defense. He recorded 74 tackles, including four for a loss.
FS Brandon Underwood, Cincinnati
Particulars: 6-1/190, Sr.
High school: Hamilton (Ohio) High
Key stats: The Ohio State transfer started at safety before moving to corner. He had three interceptions and forced two fumbles.
FIRST-TEAM SPECIALISTS
K Conor Lee, Pittsburgh
Particulars: 5-11/200, Sr.
High school: Upper St. Clair (Pa.) High
Key stats: He was 20-of-23 on field-goal attempts this season and has made 113 consecutive extra points. He was 4-for-4 on field goals in a four-overtime win against Notre Dame.
P Kevin Huber, Cincinnati
Particulars: 6-1/220, Sr.
High school: Cincinnati McNicholas
Key stats: A big-time weapon. He averaged 44.9 yards per punt and Cincy led the nation in net punting. Only two of his 56 punts were touchbacks. He won the 2007 Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter.
KR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
Particulars: 6-1/190, Sr.
High school: Bunnell (Fla.) Flagler Palm Coast
Key stats: He was one of the nation's top-10 return men at 28 yards per return. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, one against Oklahoma and one against West Virginia.
PR Jasper Howard, Connecticut
Particulars: 5-9/196, Soph.
High school: Miami Edison
Key stats: Howard led the Big East in punt returns at 11.8 yards per return. He returned one for a touchdown against Syracuse.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati, Jr.
RB Victor Anderson, Louisville, R-Fr.
RB Noel Devine, West Virginia, Soph.
WR Doug Beaumont, Louisville, Soph.
WR Jessie Hester, South Florida, Jr.
WR Jock Sanders, West Virginia, Soph.
T Anthony Davis, Rutgers, Soph.
T Jeff Linkenbach, Cincinnati, Jr.
G Greg Isdaner, West Virginia, Jr.
G Trevor Canfield, Cincinnati, Sr.
C Jake Griffin, South Florida, Sr.
DEFENSE
E George Selvie, South Florida, Jr.
E Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh, Soph.
T Pete Tverdov, Rutgers, Sr.
T Rashaad Duncan, Pittsburgh, Sr.
LB Scott Lutrus, Connecticut, Soph.
LB Ryan D'Imperio, Rutgers, Jr.
LB Ryan Manalac, Cincinnati, Sr.
CB Ellis Lankster, West Virginia, Jr.
CB Woodny Turenne, Louisville, Sr.
SS Dom DeCicco, Pittsburgh, Soph.
FS Robert Vaughn, Connecticut, Jr.
SPECIALISTS
K Pat McAfee, West Virginia, Sr.
P Pat McAfee, West Virginia, Sr.
KR Darius Butler, Connecticut, Sr.
PR DeAngelo Smith, Cincinnati, Sr.




 

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